Paradox party to follow 'Pecker' premiere Movie: John Waters newest film will make its premiere at -- where else? -- the Senator Theatre come fall.

August 07, 1998|By Ann Hornaday | Ann Hornaday,SUN FILM CRITIC

It's official: The world premiere of John Waters' new film, "Pecker," will be held at the Senator Theatre at 8 p.m. Sept. 16. A party will follow at the Paradox dance club.

Waters will be in attendance, as well as the film's stars and other celebrities.

Tickets are $75, and the event is a benefit to raise funds for AIDS Action Baltimore (AAB), a nonprofit organization that provides patient services to people in the Baltimore area infected with HIV. Call 410-837-0944.

State grant winners

Congratulations to local film, video and media makers who recently won Maryland State Arts Council Grants: Martha Colburn, Skizz Cyzyk, Baba Hillman, Kirsten D'Andrea Hollander, Scott Kecken, Lisa Lewenz, Jessica Mendels and Jeffrey N. Stacy received grants of $1,000 to $3,000 to help fund future pieces or works in progress.

Love and war

On screens around town:

If you're sick and tired of the brouhaha surrounding Adrian Lyne's adaptation of "Lolita," which had its U.S. premiere Sunday on the Showtime cable network, take a break with Stanley Kubrick's 1962 version, a surreal journey through the American pop culture landscape starring James Mason as the tweedy, weedy Humbert, Sue Lyon as the voluptuous Lo and Peter Sellers as Quilty (and others).

The Orpheum is pairing "Lolita" with Kubrick's 1963 masterpiece "Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb," a Cold War satire as fresh as the day it was first pulled out of the processing chemicals. The Kubrick double feature starts Monday; this weekend, catch the final films of the Orpheum's Film Collector's Showcase.

On Saturday: John Ford's IRA thriller "The Informer" (1935) and "Five Star Final" (1931), a newspaper melodrama starring Edward G. Robinson and Boris Karloff. On Sunday: the Warner Brothers cavalcade of stars, "Show of Shows" (1929).

Fox 45 and WB 54 continue their Free Friday Flicks series tonight at Oregon Ridge Park in Hunt Valley, on Beaver Dam Road (take exit 20 off I-83). The feature must go nameless but is guaranteed to provide fun for the whole family.

Games and giveaways will precede the screening, which starts at dusk (around 8: 30 p.m.). Gates open at 6 p.m. For the movie title and more information, call 410-467-4545.

The Columbia Lakefront Summer Festival continues its free outdoor film series tonight with a screening of "An Animation Celebration," a compendium of cartoon shorts. Another cartoon program will unspool on Monday.

All films begin at dusk, all are rated G unless otherwise noted, all are free and open to the public and all take place at the Columbia Town Center Lakefront, off Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia. Call 410-715-3388.

Festival honors writers

The Austin Film Festival, a film festival and conference focused on the contribution of the screenwriter, recently extended its submission deadline for the film competition to Aug. 14. Short, feature-length and student films are all eligible for competition. LTC Awards include cash prizes of $500 and $750, as well as a post-production package from DeLuxe Lab of Hollywood worth $30,000.

Writer-directors Paul Schrader and Michael Mann are scheduled to attend this year, along with writers Brian Helgeland ("L.A. Confidential"), Kevin Williamson ("Scream") and Stuart Gordon ("Honey, I Shrunk the Kids").

The Austin Film Festival and Screenwriters Conference will be held Oct. 1-8 this year in Austin, Texas. For more information, call 800-310-FEST, or check out the festival Web site: http: //www.aus tinfilmfestival.org.

Auditioning seminar

The Actors Company will play host to a film and television auditioning seminar conducted by John Strawbridge of Pat Moran Casting from 10 a.m. until noon Aug. 22. The seminar will be held at Michael's Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie. Admission is $25, and light refreshments will be provided. Call 410-760-5800.

Heritage seeks support

The Heritage Black Film Museum and Classic Films Cinema is launching the 1998 National Phone-A-Thon to raise funds for the opening of America's only public black film museum and theater.

The Heritage, to be located at 5 W. North Ave., is scheduled to open in November but badly needs your support. A call to 900-933-1155 from anywhere in America will contribute $8 ($10 will be billed to your local phone bill), which will go toward the construction and remodeling of the former Parkway and 5 West theaters.

If you'd like to become even more involved in fund-raising for the Heritage, museum founder Michael Johnson is holding a campaign committee rally on Tuesdayat 10 a.m. at 5 W. North Ave. Call 410-528-8440.

Film news notice

Is your organization sponsoring a film-related event? Send the details, along with a phone number, to the Film Desk, The Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore 21278.

Pub Date: 8/07/98

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